Did I Just Find The Meaning Of Life?

I found a new candidate for ‘the meaning of life’. Ok, I’m going to open up here. Be vulnerable. Admit something I don’t often admit: I don’t know what the meaning of life is. No, I’m serious. I really don’t. I don’t know why we’re here. I don’t know what it’s all about. I don’t […]

The Link Between Intelligence and Depression

We tend to think optimistic people are stupid. But maybe the opposite is true… So I stumbled upon a little glitch in the human psyche the other day. (I know right? They’re so rare. I was so lucky.) Someone said so-and-so was a ‘foolish optimist’. And I said, “No they’re not. You’re a foolish cynic.” […]

Be happy and save the world. Here’s how.

Have we pushed out intellects to far? Is it stopping us from being happy? So, how’s the age of reason working out for you so far? I’m not going to try and tell you that the age of reason – our drive to be more rational, logical and scientific – has been all that bad. […]

Why I hate guys like this ?

He was one of the giants of literature, but he thought inventors, and all creatives, got way more credit than they deserved. The American writer Mark Twain lived at a time of great technological innovation. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, the telegraph was new to the world, the railways were transforming the country. But […]

Achieving greatness with your hair on fire

You have to bring a certain intensity to the journey, but it needs to be coming from the right place. “How much do you want it?” Apparently, this was a rhetorical question and “Not THIS much” was not the answer my Spin Cycle instructor was looking for. But although he probably didn’t realise it, my […]

Hope or despair? What are these ancient stones saying?

It’s a reminder that humanity lives under the constant threat of tragedy, but tragedy is also an opportunity for the best of our natures. ‘Hunger Stones’ are emerging across Europe. The idea is that for centuries people have been watching rivers rise and fall with the seasons. And there would be certain stones in the […]